David Fincher, Cate Blanchett and Takashi Miike - who not to miss at this year's BFI London Film Festival

The 61st BFI London Film Festival returns to the capital in October and brings a bunch of great filmmakers along with it.

If you’re an amateur filmmaker who isn’t content with just seeing your idols on the red carpet, there are also a number of talks where you can learn top tips from the best out there.

Hearing other filmmakers speak is one of the best ways to perfect your craft, whether you’re just starting your career or you’re an industry guru getting to grips with the innovations in film.

The Video Mode has rounded some of the best talks taking place during the festival, how to see them and what you might gain.

David Fincher

21:00, Tuesday October 10, BFI Southbank

David Fincher (Credit: Raffi Asdourian via Wikimedia Commons)

David Fincher doesn’t need much introduction as the director of Fight Club, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He’s talking to the LFF about his new Netflix series, MINDHUNTER, which follows detectives delving into the mind of serial killers to solve crimes.

The talk is sure to follow Fincher’s illustrious career, his unique filmmaking style and how he adapts to the large and small screen, switching between film and TV. It will be invaluable to hear him speak about the importance of being a multitasker in today’s industry where one of major formats for filmmakers is Netflix.

Tickets go on sale on September 14 at 10:00 am here.

Johan Knattrup Jensen

18:15, Tuesday October 10, BFI Southbank

Following on the back of the Venice Film Festival where over 3,000 people attended screenings of the dedicated virtual reality competition, VR is becoming a hot topic for filmmakers. Johan Knattrup Jensen is a VR whizz who works with production studio MAKROPOL, a company that specialises in VR story-telling in film.

He is leading a masterclass on the company’s projects and how VR is changing the limits of film. Filmmakers starting their careers now will need to understand this growing industry and how it relates to the future of filmmaking. This talk could be a great introduction to the medium and its possibilities.

Tickets go on sale on September 14 at 10:00 am here.

Julian Rosefeldt and Cate Blanchett

21:00, Tuesday October 06, BFI Southbank

Cate Blanchett (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

If you’re interested in how to bring artistic innovation into your filmmaking, this talk is for you. Artist Julian Rosefeldt and actress Cate Blanchett have collaborated on a 90 minute artistic feature following their video art installation called Manifesto.

Favouring the surreal and blending art with film, this talk will appear to amateur filmmakers looking to innovate in their own work.

Tickets go on sale on September 14 at 10:00 am here.

Takashi Miike

18:15, Monday October 09, Curzon Soho Cinema

The controversial Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike will be talking about his body of over 100 productions. He is known for the extreme violence and graphic nature of his films but has also directed children’s films and video game adaptations during his career.

The talk will focus on his different films and styles so expect to learn a lot about how to portray violence in your work, how to constantly be producing features and how to carve yourself a long filmmaking career.

Tickets go on sale on September 14 at 10:00 am here.

The BFI London Film Festival begins on October 4 and the full programme is available on their website.